After interviewing with Len Potter and listening to his latest show Live Like You Mean It , Raising the Bar,he talks about the necessity to bring back morality and integrity; how we keep lowering the bar.
As Baby Boomers, when we did something wrong, we had immediate consequences which may have been a spanking or a serious grounding but we knew the difference between what was right and wrong. For the most part, we were not abused, we were taught what behavior was acceptable. And many of us, as Potter comments, were also warned against shows like Laugh In since women's skirts were too short. A far cry from what is revealed today and what we allow our children to see and ultimately, accept as the norm.
But the bar is set high in career choices, since the economy is still faltering and companies are receiving more resumes than they can handle. One HR specialist commented that when interviewing, not only was he tired of the lack of professionalism in dress and manners but what was being distributed on Facebook and other social networking sites; below his expectations. He added that a touch of class just didn't seem to be high on the list of what candidates should be presenting.
Besides education, talent and experience, how can we demonstrate our morality, integrity and class on a resume. Maybe by being responsible and caring for others; being involved in organizing endeavors that show how we can help others' dreams become reality. Not just our own.
The students from Downers Grove North High School should find a cherished place under their resume accomplishments in naming Anne Wagner, an 18-year old senior with Down syndrome and leukemia as the 2013 homecoming queen. As a hiring manager, not only would I love to meet Anne, who maintains a positive demeanor regardless of her struggle but her friends, as well, that made it possible. That may be more valuable than a 4.0 grade average.
A touch of class...hmm...and maybe our Congress could benefit from a lesson in morality and integrity from our local high school constituents.
Thank you Len Potter, Anne Wagner and Downers Grove North High School for reminding us what is important!